East Coast Wine News, January 18

My press pass from the 2020 Eastern Winery Exposition will not be joined by

a 2021 press pass - the expo has been postponed until 2022.

A round up of the news from January 12 - January 18, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Many wine conferences are going virtual in 2021 including the Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forums and the Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange Sensory Session. Others such as the Eastern Winery Exposition will be postponed until 2022. Linda Jones McKee put together a detailed list for Wine Business of these and several other wine conferences east of the Rockies that have made changes due to the pandemic.

  • Last week Paul Vigna announced that Pennysylvania's Pinnacle Ridge brand was sold to Allegro Winery in York County. This week on PennLive, Vigna reported that the New Jersey Referend Bier Blendery will take over Pinnacle Ridge's property, including its vineyards, moving its operations into PA and producing both beer and wine in their new space.

  • In another piece for PennLive, Vigna interviewed several representatives from Mid-Atlantic wineries about what their wineries will take away from 2020. With input from wineries in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, it seems some changes - such as limiting crowd size or increased focus on online sales - may stick around past the pandemic.

  • And finally, Vigna contributed a piece to Wine Industry Advisor that highlights the career of Lucie Morton, whose contributions to the wine industry on the East Coast, particularly in Virginia, have been invaluable.

  • Maryland Public Television’s Maryland Farm and Harvest will feature Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery in Middletown this week, according to Hannah Himes for The Frederick News-Post. The segment will focus more on the mead production than the wine production at Orchid Cellar.

  • New York's Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has named Kyle Anne Pallischeck as its new executive director, according to Auburn Pub. Pallischeck is a certified sommelier with 10 years in the local wine industry, most recently as the brand manager at Sheldrake Point on Cayuga Lake.

  • Forge Cellars, located on the Seneca Lake of New York's Finger Lakes, landed on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list with its 2018 Dry Riesling Classique, writes Brandi for Hudson Valley Post.

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